John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi-starrer Mumbai Saga will have its digital premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 27, the streaming giant announced on Monday. The film released in theaters on March 19.
Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the action drama film features an ensemble cast that includes Mahesh Manjrekar, Kajal Aggarwal, Suniel Shetty, Prateik Babbar, Rohit Roy, Amole Gupte, Gulshan Grover, Samir Soni and Anjana Sukhani apart from Abraham and Hashmi.
Set in the backdrop of Mumbai in the early 90s, the film revolves around the life of Amartya Rao (played by Abraham), a gangster and his duel with Vijay Sawarkar (played by Hashmi), a senior police inspector. According to a press release issued by Amazon Prime Video, Mumbai Saga “is the story of the Bombay that was and the Mumbai that it became”.
The film was made on a budget of Rs. 50 crores but garnered a box office collection of around Rs. 23 crores. According to analysts, the film’s business was impacted due to the rise in COVID from during mid-March.
#MumbaiSaga has a low Day 1, despite face-value + positive word of mouth… Biz affected by #Covid pandemic… More so in #Maharashtra, where the film was expected to perform best… Should witness an escalation in biz on Day 2 and 3… Fri ₹ 2.82 cr. #India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 20, 2021
Abraham said in a statement, “The movie released in cinema halls this March and I am delighted with the response from fans who watched the movie.” Gupta added that the digital release will help them “reach a wider set of audience”.
Mumbai Saga marks Abraham’s third collaboration with director Gupta after Zinda and Shootout at Wadala.
“Vijay Savarkar’s character, while being a cop, has some grey shades to it, and that’s something that excited me to take this role on”, Hashmi said in a statement. This will be his first collaboration with Gupta.
Mumbai Saga is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Anuradha Gupta, and Sangeeta Ahir under the T-Series and White Feather Films banners.
In 2019, the makers of Mumbai Saga were sent a legal notice by undertrial prisoner Ravi Bohra and family members of gangster Amar Naik including his gangster brother Ashwin Naik, seeking an interim stay or postponement of the release after reports surfaced about the film being based on their lives.
They recently filed a plea with the Bombay High Court that refused to stay the release after the petitioners failed to show how the film would deter their trial. Producers told the court that they “never” claimed the story was based on Bohra or Naik.